J.J. Abrams Reveals 'Star Wars: Episode VII' X-Wing

1:14 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
We can't (yet) see what our old friends Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca are up to on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, but we've already been granted a sneak peek of R2-D2 -- and now, director J.J. Abrams has thrown back the curtain on our first look at the return of the X-wing fighter. The ship, piloted by Rebel insurgents in their battle against the Empire, seems set to be making a return to action in Episode VII, at least judging from the glimpse we get via Abrams' new "Force for Change" video.

Marvel Isn't Moving 'Captain America 3'

1:00 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
Cap 3
Ever since it was announced that Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would be sharing the same crowded release date on May 6, 2016, we've all been wondering who'd blink first -- Marvel, hoping to avoid sequel fatigue with the third installment in its Captain America franchise, or Warner Bros., seeking to dodge having a Marvel-sized bite taken out of the most important release on its calendar for the year.

Marvel Adds Five Films to Its Release Calendar

12:50 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
Marvel plays the information game about as well as any studio in Hollywood, parsing out tidbits at their leisure and generally getting everyone worked up over the smallest possible amount of news at any given time. We can now add a fresh chapter to their ongoing story of press mastery:

Dwayne Johnson Starts New 'Shazam!' Rumors

12:37 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
The Rock
A few years ago, it seemed like Dwayne Johnson was set to star in a film adaptation of the DC-owned comic Shazam, about a kid named Billy Batson who's granted the cosmic power to transform into the well-muscled titular superhero. The project fell apart, but maybe not forever.

Vin Diesel Still on Board for 'xXx 3'

12:24 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
It's been years since we've heard any kind of update regarding that long-mooted third installment in the xXx franchise -- you know, the one that'll bring Vin Diesel back to the fold after yielding the starring role to Ice Cube for 2005's xXx: State of the Union. But as easy as it's been to assume that the project is in development limbo, it looks like Diesel hasn't forgotten.

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Apes’ Rule for Second Weekend

6:01 PM 7/20/2014 by Logan Falk
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
This really isn’t all that shocking—the new releases this weekend didn’t win the hearts of any critics, and last weekend’s Dawn of the Planet was the darling of the box office. It was only inevitable that the apes would conquer this weekend’s charts as well.

The Download: Universal Taking a Page Out of Marvel and the 'Ouija' Trailer

2:06 PM 7/20/2014 by Binh Ngo
This week on The Download, we talk about Universal taking Marvel's approach in reviving its classic movie monsters and the new Ouija trailer. Come and join in the discussion.

New in Theaters: ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Sex Tape,’ ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’

9:27 PM 7/19/2014 by Logan Falk
Planes: Fire and Rescue
Sorry for the lateness, folks! It’s been a busy week on this end—fortunately, it looks like we aren’t missing much: while last weekend was a brief break from the run of mediocre summer titles hitting theaters, it seems the break is over, as this weekend brings a horde of poorly-received releases to the box office.

What's Popping: Universal's Monster Cinematic Universe, 'Star Wars,' 'Fantastic Four,' 'Lethal Weapon' Reboot, 'Power Rangers'

8:20 PM 7/18/2014 by Binh Ngo
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are leading the charge to revive Universal's classic movie monsters. Instead of stand-alones, these movies will have interconnecting narratives ala Marvel's superhero movies.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Reteam for 'By The Sea'

6:26 PM 7/18/2014 by Binh Ngo
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are teaming up for a drama called By The Sea, according to Variety. The movie is said to be about a couple's relationship. Besides producing and starring in the movie with her real life husband, Brad Pitt, Jolie will also write and direct.
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